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December 18, 2009 5:14 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

You have been cancer free for two years now. Congratulations!     That was a terrible time. The whole time I was getting treatment, things were absolutely terrible! Just terrible!   What do you mean? In what way?    On top of everything else, we lost all of our friends! We were totally alone through all of the treatment.

What’s More Affordable Than Free?

December 18, 2009 5:13 am | by Hans Patrick Griesser | Articles | Comments

Hans Patrick Griesser’s story "WHAT'S MORE AFFORDABLE THAN FREE?” was a runner up in the MedGadget’s Medical Sci-Fi Writing Contest. December 18, 2009 “No, Grandma. It's a reverse pinch.” “What does that mean?” she asked. “It's like you're spreading it out to zoom in.

Illinois Supreme Court Delays Malpractice Ruling

December 18, 2009 4:28 am | News | Comments

The Illinois Supreme Court did not rule Thursday on whether the state’s medical malpractice law will survive. “It is not unusual for an opinion that is on the anticipated list to be withdrawn before filing,” a spokesman for the high court said. The next batch of Supreme Court opinions is expected in mid-January.


New Strategy For Battlefield Wound Treatment

December 18, 2009 4:15 am | News | Comments

Scientists say they have made a synthetic blood-clotting agent that could help wounded troops and patients by cutting bleeding time in half and offer surgeons a limitless supply with a longer shelf life than fresh donor platelets, Science Translational Medicine reports. The materials that make up the composition of the fake platelets are already used in treatments approved by the U.

Sunshine Often The Best Cure

December 18, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

Randolph E. Schmid, AP People in sunny, outdoorsy states say they're the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why. A new study comparing self-described pleasant feelings with objective measures of good living found these folks generally have reason to feel fine. The places where people are most likely to report happiness also tend to rate high on studies comparing things like climate, crime rates, air quality and schools.

Johnson & Johnson Makes Acquisition

December 18, 2009 3:56 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson recently announced that its Ethicon unit will buy privately held medical technology company Acclarent, Inc. for $785 million in cash. Both companies' boards of directors have approved the deal. Acclarent makes minimally invasive devices used in sinus surgery. The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of next year.

Living Longer Than Ever Before

December 18, 2009 3:48 am | News | Comments

Average life expectancy in the United States has reached almost 78 years, a record high, federal health officials said recently. Women can expect to live to 80.4 years on average and men to 75.3 years, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But even though Americans can expect to live longer than their parents, life expectancy in the United States is still lower than in many other industrialized countries, including Canada and Japan.

Temperature Control For Critically Ill Patients

December 17, 2009 5:47 am | Medivance | Videos | Comments

The Arctic Sun from Medivance controls the temperature of the water circulating through the ArcticGel Pads via a patient/temperature feedback loop. The patient can be cooled or kept normothermic as the pads transfer heat from patient—without posing the risk of DVT, insertion site bleeding or infection associated with catheters.


Medical Center Works To Reduce Retained Sponges

December 17, 2009 5:45 am | Videos | Comments

Loyola University Medical Center uses Surgicount Medical Safety Sponge system to track sponges before and after surgery, helping to reduce instances of retained surgical sponges in patients.

Anterior Hip Resurfacing

December 17, 2009 5:44 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Stefan Kreuzer performs a direct anterior approach for total hip resurfacing, one of the minimally invasive techniques used in hip resurfacing surgery.

Transvaginal Sleeve Gastrectomy Via NOTES

December 17, 2009 5:42 am | Videos | Comments

INTRODUCTION: Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) has been widely discussed during the last years. Beside experimental work, clinical experience are still limited and most of the working groups only performed cholecystectomies.

The OR Goes Green

December 16, 2009 5:08 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

While patient safety and care will always remain the top priority in the OR, eco-friendly practices are becoming more important in the surgical suite. What is your facility doing to “go green?” “Go Green.” From hybrid cars to non-disposable grocery bags to the push to “buy local,” the idea to become more environmentally-friendly seems to be everywhere these days in the consumer world.

CNN's Top Five Medial Innovations For 2009

December 16, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

At you can see their top picks for the most innovative medical developments of 2009. Here are the top 5: 5. NeuroStar’s Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy system. Used for treatment of depression, the unit pulses magnetic fields into a patient’s prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain that regulates mood, to stimulate those neurons and increase the number of mood-enhancing chemicals that can be produced.

Medical Call Spooks Home Intruder

December 16, 2009 3:47 am | News | Comments

A man who broke into an 89-year-old woman's Knoxville home was scared off when a monitoring company answered her medical alert call. The woman activated a medical alert device on her neck and the voice of an operator responded over the intercom. She told police the intruder ripped the device off her, causing a slight abrasion and a cut finger, but he fled taking nothing.


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